euphorbia

noun eu·phor·bia \ yü-ˈfȯr-bē-ə \

Definition of euphorbia

: any of a large genus (Euphorbia) of herbs, shrubs, and trees of the spurge family that have a milky juice and flowers lacking a calyx and included in an involucre which surrounds a group of several staminate flowers and a central pistillate flower with 3-lobed pistils; broadly : spurge

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Origin and Etymology of euphorbia

New Latin, alteration of Latin euphorbea, from Euphorbus, 1st century a.d. Greek physician


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euphorbia

noun eu·phor·bia \ yu̇-ˈfȯr-bē-ə \

medical Definition of euphorbia

1 : a large genus of plants of the spurge family that have a milky juice and flowers included in an involucre which surrounds a group of several staminate flowers and a central pistillate flower and that include a number which have been used medicinally
2 : any plant of the genus Euphorbia; also : any of various other plants that belong to the spurge family

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